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20 Unmissable Attractions in Bordeaux

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Updated: 29 January 2018
Welcome to Bordeaux! A city with such an amazing quality of life, so many places to visit and lots of hidden gems to discover; you’re sure have a wonderful time. Get your camera ready, here are the 20 attractions you should definitively visit during your trip in Bordeaux.
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Place de la Bourse

By far the most beautiful square in Bordeaux, the Place de la Bourse’s beauty will blow your mind away with its astonishing fountain. Facing the Miroir d’Eau, it will also take you to some of the most praised places by the locals and visitors to go for dinner.

Place de la Bourse, Quai du Maréchal Lyautey, Bordeaux, France

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Miroir d’Eau

The Miroir d’Eau is a water mirror reflecting the Place de la Bourse and Bordeaux’s most photographed attraction. Locals and tourists like to walk through it in the summer.

Miroir d’Eau, Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, France

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Sainte Catherine Street

Strolling through Sainte Catherine Street is an absolute must while you are in Bordeaux. Stretching just over a kilometer, it is the longest shopping street in Europe.

Sainte Catherine Street, Bordeaux, France

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Place des Quinconces

France’s biggest square, the Place des Quinconces is another central point of the town. You will be amazed by the impressive Monument aux Girondins and the gorgeous fountain running through the monument. Spectacular!

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Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux, France

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Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre

This majestic building, built in 1780, welcomes dance recitals, lyrique operas and some of the biggest cultural events in town.

Opéra National de Bordeaux-Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie, Bordeaux, France

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Grosse Cloche (The Big Bell)

In the heart of the city, the Grosse Cloche is the last remain of the bells that used to give the city’s tempo.

Grosse Cloche, Rue Saint-James, Bordeaux, France

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Porte Cailhau

The Porte Cailhau is one of the city’s gates and commemorates King Charles VII’s victory over the Italians at Fornoue. This defensive gate from the Middle Ages offers a sublime panorama of the docks.

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Porte Cailhau, Rue Porte de Cailhau, Bordeaux, France

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Saint André Cathedral

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Place and Tour Pey Berland

This gothic-style steeple was built a few meters away from Saint André Cathedral, because architects were afraid that the cathedral’s structure could not support it. You will enjoy the panoramic view from the top of the belfry.

Tour Pey Berland, Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux, France

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Saint-Michel Basilica

This flamboyant gothic church is located in Saint Michel, probably one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in town. Don’t hesitate to walk though the area, wander in the Saint Michel’s market or the Marché des Capucins.

Saint- Michel Basilic, Place Meynard, Bordeaux, France

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Pont de Pierre

The Pont de Pierre represents an essential part of the city because it connects the left bank of Bordeaux with the right bank side of the Garonne river and the La Bastide neighborhood. Walking across the bridge or looking at the tram smoothly going from one side to another is a pure moment of bliss.

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Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux, France

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Place de la Victoire

Place de la Victoire is definitively of one of Bordeaux’s most public places. Built on a former fair, this square is a central spot of the city’s vibrant nightlife with a lot of bars and restaurants.

Place de la Victoire, Bordeaux, France

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Jardin Public

Imagine yourself taking a break in an enchanted garden in the middle of the day? Make this dream a reality by visiting Bordeaux’s Jardin Public, a mesmerizing green space right in the city centre.

Jardin Public, Cours de Verdun, Bordeaux, France

La Cité du Vin

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Welcome to La Cité du Vin | © Jennifer Migan
Welcome to La Cité du Vin | © Jennifer Migan

La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin is a unique venue in the Baccalan neighborhood – devoted to wine tastings and cultural events around wine.

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La Cité du Vin, 134 Quai de Bacalan, Bordeaux, France

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Palais Gallien

Slightly apart from the city center, come to admire the ruins of the Palais Gallien; a former amphitheater under the Roman Empire era, when Bordeaux was called Burdigala.

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Palais Gallien, 126 Rue du Dr Albert Barraud, Bordeaux, France

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Palais Rohan

A few steps away from Saint André Cathedral, the Palais Rohan is a palace built in 1771 in the honor of Bordeaux’s archbishop, Fernand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. Since 1835, it’s hosted Bordeaux’s mayor and city hall offices.

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Palais Rohan, Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux, France

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Quai des Marques

You will love walking along the quais while doing some shopping. The Quai des Marques is a selection of refined brands where you can buy high-quality products and souvenirs during your stay in Bordeaux.

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Quai des Marques, Hangars 15 à 19, Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux, France

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Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge

Finished in 2013, the Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge is a drawbridge that will certainly surprise you for its astonishing architecture. It is ideal for a romantic walk at night and to enjoy the outstanding view over the Garonne river.

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Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge, Bordeaux, France

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Place du Parlement

Bordeaux’s food epicenter, the Place du Parlement’s numerous excellent restaurants will delight foodies from all over the world.

Place du Parlement, Bordeaux, France

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Musée d’Aquitaine

If you would like to learn more about Bordeaux’s history, make sure to stop by the Musée d’Aquitaine – close to touristic attractions such as the Saint André Cathedral and the Palais Rohan.

Musée d’Aquitaine, 20 Cours Pasteur, Bordeaux, France